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"A fantastic course; quality learning and brilliant support."
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"I've learnt such a diverse range of things which I've been able to try out."

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LETTA Strategic Partner Schools
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Bygrove Primary School

Bygrove is a successful one-form entry primary school serving a multicultural community practically in the shadow of Canary Wharf in the East End of London. Following recent refurbishments & extensions to the site, our premises & facilities are second to none. Staff & pupils are ambitious & confident; we think big – and yet we are small enough to feel like a big family. Our pupils are at the heart of everything we do. They are happy, friendly & well-behaved & they love learning. They achieve results in all subjects that are higher than the national average & consistently make much better progress than their peers nationally too.


In our most recent Ofsted inspection, in January 2012, we achieved ‘outstanding’ in every category.

So how do we do it? Well there’s no big secret. Everyone here feels like they belong and it’s this that gives us the platform to succeed. We work hard at doing the right things & we get help from our friends. Aiming high is our motto & the sky’s the limit!

At Bygrove we have developed our own thematic curriculum. Each term every class studies a different theme – some are science based, some are historical and others have a geographical bias – but the vast majority of the pupils’ learning, including their English & maths, is embedded in the context of that theme. Over the course of a year, then, pupils will experience one of each. The themes are so exciting that the pupils find learning irresistible. They also have the opportunity to help to plan the following term’s theme.

In June 2014, Bygrove was re-assessed at having reached Grade A – the highest grade possible – in each of the 8 assessment areas for the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Quality Mark. The report said of the school:

“CPD practice at the school is outstanding being:

  • in line with the school's vision and development priorities
  • strategically well led and managed
  • commensurate with all CPD Mark performance criteria
  • inclusive of all staff at the school
  • bespoke to meet individual staff training requirements
  • well resourced
  • evaluated for impact

We welcome you warmly to Bygrove’s learning community.

Jo Franklin & Jeremy Iver
Co Headteachers


Stebon Primary School

Stebon is a successful & happy 2-form, moving to 3-form entry primary school serving a multicultural, though predominantly Bangladeshi community near Canary Wharf in the East End of London. Following recent refurbishments & a newly-built state-of-the-art extension, our school boasts bright, spacious, comfortable & stimulating learning spaces that our pupils, trainees & staff love in equal measure.

Our pupils are at the heart of everything we do. They are happy, friendly & well-behaved & they love learning. They achieve results in all subjects that exceed the national average & do it all with a smile on their face. Unsurprisingly, their attendance is excellent.

Under new leadership since September 2012 & with the help of supportive parents & surely the most dedicated & committed staff team in London, Stebon School is going places; moving from strength to strength. In our most recent Ofsted inspection in July 2014, Stebon was judged to be ‘Good’ overall with ‘Outstanding’ Leadership & Management. We work hard together at doing the right things & we aim for the stars.


Jo Franklin & Jeremy Iver
Co Headteachers


Phoenix Primary and Secondary SchoolPhoenix Primary & Secondary Logo

Phoenix School is a well-established special school, which offers a unique service to the children of Tower Hamlets. It is a caring, well ordered school, which encourages mutual respect between staff and pupils. We admit children with severe language and communication difficulties whose needs lie within the autistic spectrum. The school has a multi ethnic population which reflects the diversity of the borough. 

We offer a rich and stimulating curriculum, which is individually tailored reflecting good practice in an environment that supports the pupils’ learning. The school offers a range of sensory and therapeutic interventions and a multidisciplinary approach to pupil needs. The school has developed a holistic approach working in partnership other agencies, parents and families to have their needs met from one centre. There is a strong focus on maintaining good relationships between home and school. We encourage respect for others, good manners and tolerance.


The school is known locally for its positive links with the wider community. It celebrates the faiths of the multi-ethnic community of the school and its surroundings

We believe it is important for pupils to achieve their full potential and importance is placed upon achievement at all levels.  Pupil achievement is celebrated and positive rewards are used to promote and encourage good behaviour and learning. 

There is a caring yet purposeful atmosphere within the school and there is a balance of focus between welfare and achievement for all.

The overall aims for pupils who attend Phoenix are no different to the aims for those attending mainstream schools. However there are clear differences in terms of resourcing, organisation and the emphasis on social, emotional and academic needs. At Phoenix we aim to give all pupils equality of opportunity and this is clearly stated in our mission statement:

“To offer a positive, life enhancing education, providing opportunities for the development of each individual potential”.

Stewart Harris
Head Teacher


Sandringham Primary School

Sandringham Primary school is a large multicultural school in Newham, East London. Our children come predominantly from South Asian, West African and Eastern European Countries.

The school was last visited by Ofsted in July 2013. The overall judgement was that the school was good with outstanding behaviour. The areas identified for improvement were reading comprehension skills in KS2 and children reflecting on their learning.

The school has many years of experience working with IIT institutes. Many of the teachers have either completed a final teaching practice at the school and then joined as an NQT or completed school centred initial teacher training. We have strong systems to support and enable both student teachers and NQTs to be successful. The NQTs and trainees meet frequently. They have established a tight team and support each other in the classroom and beyond. 


The school has a creative curriculum and our PE and music provision is outstanding. The school is one of the top performing sports primary schools in London winning the Newham Summer and Winter Games and representing Newham in 3 events at the London Games. The school puts on a large scale musical production each year and performs all over Newham and London. Many of our children learn a musical instrument and frequently perform in front of their peers and parents. We have a Saturday morning Music School which is supported by Newham’s Every Child a Musician programme. Our music and PE provision has been enhanced by specialist teachers for several years and they work alongside teach alongside the class teachers. This year we have further enhanced our curriculum provision by developing specialist teachers in Art; Design and Technology; Modern Foreign Languages; and Online Learning.

The school has developed strong links with outside agencies and institutions to provide additional opportunities for the children. Thirty children are mentored by staff from the American Bank, Northern Trust in Canary Wharf. We have a very strong debating team who compete in the DebateMate league. The school expects children to make on additional responsibilities as they go up the school. Children can apply to become school librarians, sports leaders, school council members and music leaders.

The school has worked closely with the Centre for Real World Learning at the University of Winchester. Many staff carry out action research. Recent research was around learning attributes.

The children are aware of the way they need to learn. The children and staff talk in terms of being positive, articulate, independent, resilient, reflective, co-operative, curious and ambitious.


Sandringham is a warm and friendly school where staff at all levels support each other in doing their very best for the children inside the classroom and beyond. Our children are polite, friendly and keen to learn. They are very proud of their school.

Robert Cleary
Head Teacher


St Helen's Roman Catholic Primary School

St Helen’s Catholic Primary is an outstanding, two form entry school in Canning Town, Newham. Our Christian ethos is at the heart of the community.

 Although many children start in our school well below expectations, progress through the school is rapid and by the time they leave attainment is significantly above national standards at all levels. We are an inclusive school with high levels of SEN pupils with one to one support. All our children and parents have a really positive attitude to learning and highly value education.  Our children say our school is like their family.

 Teaching and learning are consistently good or better with professional development as a key priority, which has been recognised in the school being awarded Investors in People Gold (March 2012). Our curriculum is constantly developing to offer children opportunities that they would not ordinarily have, with an extensive range of educational visits, including international residentials; over 40 before and after school clubs; and a creative range of opportunities, recognised in Arts Mark Gold and Gold Activemark

 In 2013 we registered to admit two-year olds as part of a new government initiative to support children and parents.  In April 2014 our provision and the setting were graded as outstanding in all areas.  

The leadership team are exceptionally strong and have worked together for over seven years with continuous commitment to school improvement. We have a history of training many teachers.  We work closely with a variety of training establishments to ensure quality teaching continues in our school and others. The majority of our teaching staff have either trained with us or started as NQTs, who are always well supported by all staff.

Gael Hicks
Head Teacher


Children’s House Nursery School

A community, learning, exploring and achieving together

Children’s House Nursery School is a well-established oversubscribed school, housed in a listed building at the heart of the local community. We serve an area of high deprivation and are a multi-cultural school with the majority of children being of Bangladeshi Heritage.

We have strong links with a link school in Sylhet and a number of staff have experienced educational visits to Bangladesh. We work in partnership with parents and carers to give children the very best start to their educational journeys.

The school was rated outstanding by Ofsted in 2010 and again in 2013. Achievement and teaching were described as outstanding with “a culture of high aspiration and success for all”. Our “exceptionally strong partnerships with parents” were described as a “cornerstone of the nursery”.

In 2011 we were awarded Nursery World’s Nursery of the year and we are the regional champions for South East England for our walk to school initiatives.

The school has achieved the QES Award for the quality of its extended services and is an accredited healthy early years school.

Children’s House has an experienced and stable staff team who feel privileged to be part of this unique and special time in children’s lives.

Chris Lewis
Head Teacher


Mayflower Primary School

Our school is named after The Mayflower Ship, famous for taking early pioneers to America.

That pioneering spirit is an inspiration for us at Mayflower as we strive for excellence in learning. We want all our pupils to be successful and we are constantly searching for new and innovative ways to make learning exciting.

Our talented and committed staff team have devised an exciting literacy rich curriculum with storytelling at its heart. With new themes each half term that have exciting hooks into learning. We make the most of our central location with interesting visits that enable our pupils to experience and feel part of London. We ensure our school is an inclusive, stimulating environment that reflects and celebrates our creative learners.

We achieved ‘good’ in our most recent Ofsted report, in February 2013. We have continued to make improvements in all areas and our pupils achieve higher than national averages in all subjects and make excellent progress.

We love learning with and from others, our collaboration with the Poplar Partnership (a group of local schools) helps us all to become even better, as does our partnership with LETTA. Having students in our school enables us to become even more outward looking. Our students are well supported at Mayflower and very quickly become part of our team. We have a ‘can do’ attitude and are committed to helping everyone to “Set Sail for Success.”

Dee Bleach
Head Teacher


Cayley Primary School

Cayley Primary School is a primary school with two-forms of entry (growing to three-forms of entry). It is maintained by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Cayley admits children from the age of three up to eleven.

Cayley is a happy and healthy school and believes that everyone should be valued for his or her individuality, culture and heritage. Staff and pupils at Cayley Primary School value equality for all. Pupils are encouraged to achieve their full potential in a stimulating,
challenging and caring environment, which is achieved through a strong partnership between home, school and the wider community. The school is actively involved with a number of school and community partnerships. The curriculum is thematic, with subjects integrated across a range of interesting topics. This provides pupils with a meaningful context for learning. An emphasis is placed on exploration, enquiry and deeper learning.

Cayley values their partnership with LETTA. The school recognises that good teachers are the most important school-based factor in determining quality learning outcomes and that attracting the best candidates to the profession is critical in improving standards in teaching. Cayley envisions the trainee-mentor relationship as a partnership that promotes a culture of collaborative learning through the sharing of materials, new ideas and fresh approaches. This partnership enhances the craft knowledge of both trainees and teachers, and positively impacts the experience and enjoyment of pupils.

Lissa Samuel
Head Teacher


Lansbury Lawrence

Lansbury Lawrence Primary School is a successful, multi-cultural school in the heart of Poplar in East London. We have 2 forms of entry from Reception to Year 6 and we have a very large nursery of 150 pupils. This means that high quality Early Years practice is vital to our success.

Lansbury Lawrence values Community, Communication, Health and Well-Being and a Growth Mindset and these are at the heart of everything that we do.

We have an exciting and innovative core and foundation curriculum which is built around cross-curricular learning projects; storytelling; and maths mastery approaches. We always build towards engaging and meaningful outcomes. Our curriculum is ambitious so we invest in supporting teachers in their planning and delivery.

We have specialist teachers in Art, Drama, French and PE and our children enjoy a wide range of opportunities and experiences so that they can find talents, interests and ambitions to be nurtured and developed. We have an inspiring range of creative partnerships who work with our staff and children, including Wigmore Hall, Whitechapel Gallery and the V & A Museum. There are many more who bring richness and purpose to our learning.

Lansbury Lawrence is a place where children, staff, families and the community come together to learn and support each other. We recognise that we are not just teaching the children of today but also the adults that they will become.

Owen O'Reagan
Head Teacher



Columbia Primary School is a two form entry, community primary school in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. We admit boys and girls from the ages 3 - 11.  Our intake of pupils is diverse, reflecting the multi ethnic community served by the school. Many of our children have English as their second language. This diversity provides a rich context for the school's ethos of inclusion and there is a strong emphasis on respect for every individual member. There is also a strong emphasis on creativity at Columbia: both creativity of thinking, throughout all teaching and learning, and also in the creative arts.

Olly Woodward
Head Teacher